This project began with a decal. At least in concept. The client liked the decal, but not quite. It had elephants, giraffes, rhinoceroses and monkeys. But she didn’t want the monkeys. The size was small. And then there was color. Brown. What shade of brown would it be? Anyone who has ordered anything online, knows that when it comes to color, looks can be deceiving.

So what is one to do?

Call an artist…

The decal became simply a conceptual jumping point. I collected new reference images in order to fine tune  the silhouettes. When working with an outline, that one line is all you have to convey all your information. It’s important that it be correct and emphasize defining details. The client had also requested grass. The many brush strokes added a gentle softness to the otherwise crisp contemporary mural.

We selected a color based on furniture finishes and other accents in the room. However upon arrival there were new curtains that had a cooler brown in them. Our selected brown needed to be cooled down just a bit to relate better to the new curtains. A couple of drops of tint and we were there.

Safari Silhouette

Safari Silhouette

Rhinoceros Mama with baby.

Rhinoceros Mama with baby.

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